Essay about Marriage Laws : A Traditional Standard Of Marriage

1631 Words May 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
From the first successful settlement of the English colony in North America, marriage has played an important role in maintaining peace and establishing domestic roles and social standards for both men and women. Indeed, the first marriage in North America to promote peace between two discrete groups took place not long after the settlement of Jamestown. The union of John Rolfe and Pocahontas was an agreement to bring the English colonists and the Powhatan people together. Additionally, marriage in North America has also established the roles of men and women in both the private and public sectors. Throughout the years, part of society had always clung to a traditional standard of marriage due to the fear of changing the marriage’s institution. However, American social viewpoints regarding marriage from colonial time to the present day have maintained continuity by upholding states’ rights to regulate marriage laws, but greatly fostered change by conservatives’ new viewpoints and the ongoing modifications on marriage policies to fit the Constitution and the social institutions. The earliest issue regarding the United States’ marriage laws was the practice of polygamy, which became popular promptly in the early 1830’s. Due to its different from a traditional marriage, it was strongly opposed. Between 1850 and 1890, Mormons staged a massive exodus to the western United States to continue the practice of plural marriage. Later, polygamy was legalized in the territory which…

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